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  • Single Touch Payroll Employer Transition Working Group key messages 14 June 2022

    Welcome

    Chair Chontelle Weyman welcomed members and attendees to the June Single Touch Payroll (STP) Employer Transition Working Group (ETWG) meeting.

    Digital service provider update

    Travis Wright from the ATO provided an update on digital service provider (DSP) readiness and testing, noting the following:

    • As at the end of May 2022, 155 products have been whitelisted for production, 113 of which have clients, employers reporting STP Phase 2 data.
    • We are continuing to work with DPSs to address common themes that have been identified.
    • Majority of DSPs are on track to meet their deferral dates, we are continuing to reach out to providers when their due date is nearing.

    Employer transition and engagement

    Chontelle provided the group an update on the Phase 2 employer transition and engagement activities, noting:

    • As of 14 June 2022, over 144,000 employers covering more than 1.7 million individuals were reporting through Phase 2.
    • We have supported a number of end of financial year events, where ‘getting ready for STP Phase 2 reporting’ is the primary key message from the ATO.
    • Several enhancements to the STP Phase 2 Employer Guide have been published to support understanding of the changes, namely the reporting of allowances which continue to be a topic that employers require support with.
    • The enhanced web content will be accompanied by 9 short, topic-based videos and a reporting help page developed with the support of industry representatives, which are expected to be published and promoted in late June or early July 2022.
    • We are expecting a peak of employers commencing STP Phase 2 reporting during July and August with the start of the new financial year.

    Correspondence plan

    Members were provided with a draft copy of the correspondence plan for July to December 2022. Draft copies of the correspondence planned to be sent in August 2022 were attached to meeting papers.

    Feedback from the group members included:

    • broadly supported the approach and content
    • suggestion that the ATO use firmer language with those employers whose product is ready and who are not covered by deferral. The ATO will consider this.

    Focus questions

    Members were asked to consider the focus of the ETWG over the next 6 months and whether the membership and frequency of the meetings requires change. Feedback from the group members included:

    • increasing the meeting frequency from 6 to 4 weeks
    • more DSP and small employer representation are needed
    • agreement that the focus of the group for the next 6 months should be centred around
      • employer and agent communications
      • common issues and themes impacting transition/reporting
      • understanding the experience from those who have already commenced reporting – to better understand how to support those yet to transition.
       

    Other business

    Chontelle thanked members for their attendance and closed the meeting.

      Last modified: 06 Jul 2022QC 70017